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Upcoming Timeline for Mass. Ave. Corridor Project

Pre-construction activity for the Mass. Ave. redesign in East Arlington is expected to be evident next week.

Credit: John Waller
Credit: John Waller

The start of the $6.8 million Mass. Ave. Corridor Project is right around the corner.

The project, which is 80 percent federally funded, 20 percent state, will create two eastbound travel lanes on Mass. Ave. in East Arlington, from Pond Lane to the Cambridge city line, and one westbound lane, among other steps to increase pedestrian safety and beautify the area.

Key dates:

  • Tuesday-Thursday, May 20-22: Informational flyers delivered to abutters (residents on Mass. Ave. in East Arlington and just off on side streets).
  • Thursday, May 22: An Arlington Alert phone call on the project.
  • Monday, May 26: Pre-construction activity.
  • June: Construction begins with tree protection, erosion control and drainage work.
  • Monday, June 16: The state Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting at 7 p.m. in the Thompson School gymatorium, 60 North Union St., on the project.

The state Department of Transportation selected the low bidder, J.H. Lynch and Sons, of Millbury, for the project. The projected is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015.

Mass. Ave. and abutting side streets will remain open to traffic at all times during construction. Curbside parking will also be maintained on at least one side of the road.

The state Department of Transportation has hired Nathaniel Cabral-Curtis, of Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, as a community liaison for the project. His contact info is 617-482-7080 ext. 236 and ncabral-curtis@hshassoc.com.

For ongoing alerts, sign up for “East Arlington Mass. Ave. Rebuild” emails on the town’s website. The town also has a specific page for the project.
Johnny R May 22, 2014 at 07:25 AM
Didn't Greeley run from the IRS to the tune of 150,000 you all support the winners!!!! Kept bragging fool!
Olive Turtle May 22, 2014 at 07:45 AM
There was nothing misleading about a vote,yes or no to this project. Greeley's votes counted when he won, but rejection of the project lost when he did not like it. Picking and choosing which votes count is poor leadership. And spinning it to look like voters are incompetent is insulting.
JanS May 22, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Seeing Greeley"inaction"at a Selectman's.meeting confirms No East Arlington interests matter in this town. A bike path without bikes... Now there is a progressive idea?!. More clogged traffic on Mass Ave.with 33% fewer lanes[4 to 3] won't affect the other end of town! Time for Shanghai type masks to filter out the extra fumes that the sidewalk diners might enjoy?
Ray Hillar May 22, 2014 at 08:39 AM
I just read a study that proves that most people who have trouble with positive change are fat losers.

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